"Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions" (Suber). OA scholarly literature also offers these less restrictive regulations, so that they can be more accessible to students, authors, scholars, and general users.
Many OA journals adhere to the traditional peer-review process and maintain high scholarly publishing standards.
Peter Suber's overview of open access offers a more thorough introduction.
Looking for a journal that will help you maximize the reach of your work?
Take a look at the Think. Check. Submit. website for a checklist of considerations and options as you decide what journal to submit your work to.
This guide was originally created by Alexandra Hamlett.